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REVEALED: The UK’s Happiest, Friendliest and Safest Cities

Phi Spencer

By Phil Spencer

A recent study by Provident dishes the dirt on the UK’s happiest, friendliest and safest cities. You might just be a little surprised by who tops the charts…

Following a survey of nearly 3,000 UK residents, it has been found that Worcester might just be the best place to live in the UK if you want a happy life. London came bottom of the rankings in almost all criteria – the big smoke may be a hive of activity and nightlife, but it’s not pleasing everyone.

Here’s what the study found… How did your city fair?

Where are the happiest cities in the UK?

Feeling happy in your city is pretty vital to feeling settled and generally enjoying where you live. The problem is, a lot of external stresses from a city can taint your enjoyment. So, where is the happiest city in the UK?

 

Rank

City

Score

1

Worcester

7.5

2

Wrexham

7.44

3

Swansea

7.4

4

Newcastle

7.38

5

Aberystwyth

7.24

6

York

7.23

7

Norwich

7.19

8

Cardiff

7.18

9

Cambridge

7.14

10

Plymouth

7.14

11

Edinburgh

7.09

12

Brighton and Hove

7.09

13

Chelmsford

7.08

14

Aberdeen

7.06

15

Glasgow

6.93

16

Southampton

6.89

17

Oxford

6.87

18

Sheffield

6.83

19

Leeds

6.78

20

Portsmouth

6.77

21

Manchester

6.74

22

Wolverhampton

6.74

23

Belfast

6.7

24

Coventry

6.7

25

Leicester

6.69

26

Bristol

6.68

27

Liverpool

6.63

28

Birmingham

6.53

29

Gloucester

6.5

30

London

6.07

 

 

Residents were asked to rate their city out of 10 for a number of criteria, including happiness. Worcester topped the chart as happiest place to live in the UK, while Wrexham and Swansea came in a close second and third. Newcastle hit the fourth spot with 7.38 out of 10 while Aberystwyth and York came fifth and sixth, with only 0.01 separating the two. The rest of the top 10 includes Norwich, the Welsh capital Cardiff, Cambridge and Plymouth.

Down at the other end of the table, we see London in last place with a rather low 6.07 out of 10 happiness score, followed by Gloucester, Birmingham and Liverpool. Above that, the scores get pretty close, with Bristol, Leicester, Coventry and Belfast all only separated by two points.

So, what makes a city happy?

There’s plenty of different possible answers to this question, all of which differ from person to person. An abundance of green space, coffee shops on every corner, buzzy social scene or simply a feeling of cleanliness. Are Londoners really as unhappy as the research suggests?

What are your thoughts on the UK’s happiest cities? Tweet us and let us know how you’d rate happiness in your area.

What is the safest city in the UK?

When asked about how safe residents feel in their city, Aberystwyth topped the charts with an average score of 7.82 out of 10. The happiest city in the UK, Worcester, came in a close second, followed by Newcastle, Aberdeen and Wrexham.

At the bottom of the table, we see London take last place, followed by Liverpool, Birmingham, Gloucester, Bristol and Manchester.

 

Rank

City

Score

1

Aberystwyth

7.82

2

Worcester

7.76

3

Newcastle

7.73

4

Aberdeen

7.66

5

Wrexham

7.63

6

Plymouth

7.58

7

York

7.56

8

Swansea

7.51

9

Cambridge

7.49

10

Southampton

7.39

11

Edinburgh

7.34

12

Oxford

7.34

13

Cardiff

7.32

14

Norwich

7.31

15

Brighton and Hove

7.3

16

Chelmsford

7.26

17

Glasgow

7.09

18

Leicester

7.07

19

Portsmouth

7.02

20

Leeds

6.99

21

Belfast

6.99

22

Coventry

6.97

23

Wolverhampton

6.96

24

Sheffield

6.95

25

Manchester

6.95

26

Bristol

6.84

27

Gloucester

6.75

28

Birmingham

6.74

29

Liverpool

6.73

30

London

6.22

 

What is the friendliest city in the UK?

The residents of Swansea have rated their city as the friendliest in the UK with a leading score of 7.42 out of 10. Newcastle comes second with the happiest city in the UK (Worcester) coming a close third, joint with Wrexham.

On the other end of the scale, London takes bottom spot once again with 6.07 out of 10. Familiar faces Bristol, Gloucester, Leicester, Liverpool and Birmingham swiftly follow with a distinct feeling of unfriendliness communicated by residents.

 

Rank

City

Score

1

Swansea

7.42

2

Newcastle

7.26

3

Worcester

7.19

4

Wrexham

7.19

5

Chelmsford

7.17

6

Aberystwyth

7.12

7

York

7.1

8

Cardiff

7.04

9

Edinburgh

7.04

10

Leeds

7

11

Norwich

6.99

12

Plymouth

6.98

13

Aberdeen

6.98

14

Cambridge

6.96

15

Oxford

6.88

16

Southampton

6.87

17

Brighton and Hove

6.83

18

Sheffield

6.81

19

Glasgow

6.79

20

Manchester

6.77

21

Portsmouth

6.72

22

Wolverhampton

6.64

23

Belfast

6.63

24

Coventry

6.6

25

Birmingham

6.58

26

Liverpool

6.47

27

Leicester

6.43

28

Gloucester

6.41

29

Bristol

6.26

30

London

6.07

 

Is Worcester the best city to live in the UK?

Worcester was rated the happiest and most polite place to live by its residents. Furthermore, it also comes second in the safety, trust and area upkeep categories. So, is Worcester as good as its residents claim?

The city itself is home to a respected university, ensuring its economy continues to grow and the city attracts new visitors every year. The history of industry, sports fascination and intriguing architecture delivers a unique character which is vital to a feeling of pride among residents. The city centre itself combines popular High Street stores with a range of independent boutique traders to add yet another layer of attraction to visitors and residents alike.

The city offers plentiful green spaces, delightful galleries and historic sites stooped in culture. When visiting the city, it’s easy to see why residents are so full of praise for this truly unique place to call home.

Is London really the worst place to live in the UK?

It seemingly has everything, is often called one of the world’s greatest cities, but those surveyed felt it to be unfriendly, unwelcoming, unsafe, not well kept, impolite and generally an unhappy place to live. Why does London offer such a glamorous allure but deliver little in the way of satisfaction to its residents?

With a concentration of business and high pressure jobs, stressful commutes, higher living costs, crowded streets and higher levels of air pollution, the city can be all a little too much for some. Londoners are considered to live their life in the fast lane. With the hustle and bustle of city life, for some anxiety levels can increase having an adverse effect on enjoyment levels… but how representative is this of the general London population?

You don’t need to look far in London to find new and exciting experiences. The wealth of history and culture are rich, while amenities and recreational activities are found at every corner. The city may be labelled as unwelcoming, yet there are few other spots in the UK with such a clear cross-section of modern society.

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